Mid 20's. One Nighthawk, two idiots. FL to Grand Canyon.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by CETME, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    Some of you might remember my ill-fated Ohio-FL escapade. If not, here you go:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237171

    This time things were different. This time I would succeed. You see, this was now the summer. I didn't have to worry about the cold. In addition, I was riding what is considered in many circles as the most reliable bike in the world. A 1992 Honda Nighthawk 750. Just so you guys can engross yourselves in it's mightiness, here he is:

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    I had 12 days between spring semester at school, and when my first summer class started. So I decided the best punch-me-in-the-face-and-call-me-Sally thing we could go see in that time was the Grand Canyon. I had never seen it before, and it's something every blue-blooded foreigner like myself should see.

    As I start this magnificent post, I'd like to mention that pictures are a little spotty. You see, the camera we used was hers, and the picture-taking-button broke, so it required the use of a perfectly sized stick to operate. This means that while I like to let the pictures do my talking for me, I will have to fill in holes in my story with my imaginat.. i mean... cold hard facts. Oh, and this will be a mini-series, as I start getting older... (I'm 26 for crying out loud) I'm not able to focus as much anymore, and my memory fails me at times.

    Anyways, let me introduce you guys to the characters of this story:

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    That girl is ok looking, but damn, that guy is hot.

    stay tuned.
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  2. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I can't wait for more just to see more pictures of that bike :lol3 (well, and maybe the fair maiden too :evil) I like that look!
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  3. GB

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    let's see your second attempt :thumb

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  4. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    While the trip started in St. Petersburg Florida, I'd say the adventures in Tallahassee. We both had friends there and we stayed with them.

    Let me add a few details. Kelsey had just finished writing and presenting her thesis to graduate. She had not slept in 2 days, (no joke) and when we stayed the night in Tallahassee, I got well rested, but she stayed up all night partying. She only had 2 hours of sleep in 3 days.

    This is what she looked like when it was time to leave and we were having lunch:

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    Damn i'm fine.... Anyways, before we started, we decided to stay off the interstates as soon as we got out of Florida. This part of the trip was relatively uneventful. Two hours after we started though, Kelsey demanded that we pull over so she could nap as she was exhausted. We found a spring river with crystal clear water and pulled off the highway. We went swimming in the river to clean off and then napped for an hour. Then I woke her up by covering her in spiders and demanded that we continue.

    Somewhere in Alabama we decided to stop for some gas. Look at this broad's hair compared to when we first started a few hours earlier.. haha!:

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    There were several bikers at this gas station on way larger bikes than the Nighthawk. They were dumbfounded that we would dare attempt such a trip across the country, 2up on a Nighthawk. But they couldn't deny that we looked like we were having a bit more fun than they were....

    An hour later in Mississippi, we got hungry and decided to stop for some dirt. Some guy came up to us after he saw the bike and started telling us how he always goes up to Alaska on his new Harley and how awesome he was, etc. (You know the guy) When all of a sudden, his over-fed wife drives up in a 1984 Chevy Celebrity with only one door and yells at him:

    "Cletus, get your broke ass in the car!"

    He obliged immediately.

    We looked at each other and laughed... then ate:

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  5. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Looks good...although she's got a shiny metal booger in her nose...! :ricky
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  6. Boatbandit

    Boatbandit Dr. Doom

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    God I hope this continues, it can only get better....I mean worse... I mean better.... Ahhh helll Keep it coming.
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  7. (none)

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    love the paint job
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  8. GB

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    so far so good :lurk
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  9. dr_sean

    dr_sean Been here awhile

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    That's pretty much awesome.
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  10. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    :clap Ya`ll are tough ADV riders!
    Go Cetme and pal.
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  11. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    "You meet the nicest people on a Honda."
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  12. Kayakgk

    Kayakgk Long timer

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  13. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    daygum I read your Ohio debacle. It was most ignorant, I COMMEND YOU.
    I also commend you on your choice of Nighthawk as an ultimate weapon to pillage the western United States. I totally like the olive drab paint treatment. You are currently my new best friend

    I was once 26, broke ass scramblin across the country on an old Harley AMF Superglide with a hot chick on the back (Sweet thang) laying in parking lots trying to jimmy the points in hunderd deg heat.

    You are in the sweet spot bro. and for god sake keep it coming.
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  14. Ceej

    Ceej Been here awhile

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    Ahh man these ride reports are great, keep it up!
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  15. Archangel

    Archangel GS Heaven

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    :lurk So far so good....
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  17. CETME

    CETME Been here awhile

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    The little slivers of Alabama and Mississippi that you travel through on I10 are relatively uneventful, and they resemble Northern Florida so much, they are hardly worth mentioning. As we went into Louisiana it began to get dark. As you guys remember, I mentioned that Kelsey only got a few hours of sleep in the past three days. Well as I was riding, I was noticing that she was just putting her helmet on my back. Then she would slide a little to each side, and catch herself and then go back to putting her helmet on me. This progressively became worse and worse. I found myself having to catch her from falling. I would slap her leg and yell at her to stay awake.

    You see, there was no way we could pull over and sleep. Crossing through this part of Louisiana was right through the swamps and the roads were basically a collection of small bridges. There was really no place to pull over, nevermind a place to sleep. It was so hard to concentrate on riding in the dark and having to make sure I catch this girl from falling off at the same time. I was ready to stop.

    We kept on until I found some civilization, but until then, I had to keep catching her, because she simply could not stay awake anymore.

    I found an RV park, and we just went in there and made ourselves home on a small corner in the back of it. We set up the tent, and immediately went out-cold. According to google maps, we had traveled 507 Miles that day.

    We were suddenly awakened to a "HELLO!" coming from outside the tent sometime in the early morning. I stumbled out and a tall, thin man with a cowboy hat and boots stood in front of me.
    "We're just riding through." I told him
    "Thats fine, just make sure you pick up after yourself" he replied

    Kelsey got out and suddenly his voice became softer....
    "Y'all are more than welcome to a shower if you want to."
    "No thank you, we're not dirty yet" Kelsey replied
    "If you need anything, let me know" He said, as he walked back to his cabin.

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    Sometimes i'm real photogenic.

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    We went up US71 towards Shreveport and man is it pretty. I was surprised to see how beautiful Louisiana was, we were both pretty impressed. Passing through a small town we saw a cannon, and of course I demanded that we stop. Here is the result:

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    As we rode into texas, we did a little bit of exploring. Suddenly Kelsey yelled "Stop Stop!"
    I did, but as I came to a stop, she wipped around to get something out from the back rest, Her weight shifted so much that I couldn't hold up the bike, so we all fell off, and the bike went into a retention ditch on the side of the road.

    The damage? The Nighthawk lost its right mirror, Half the front brake lever, and bent rear brake lever. The rear brake lever was easily bent back with the tools I brought with me.

    Here she is, slightly apologetic, I still hate her:
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    I'm not really looking that happy, but damn i'm a good looking son of a gun:
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    We carried on to Greenville, Tx for a total of 366 miles that day. We found camp at a construction yard in the middle of nowhere. Night three, complete.

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  18. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    You are hot! :evil
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  19. Grad

    Grad Wannabe

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    Love the Miller High Life next to the tent as well :lol3
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  20. eisenmann

    eisenmann nOOd

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    Come on man! You can't have it painted olive drab and NOT get some dings on it.:kboom
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